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Misplacing the muse
on December 20, 2006
Part of an underachieving four-album run (Speed of Sound, Back to the Egg, Mc Cartney II), London Town shows Mr. McCartney at loose ends. The song fragments don't work. I remember how frustrated I was the first time I heard Backwards Traveller- a short burst of infectious song followed by uninspiring synth junk.
Earlier in McCartney's career, albums that received mixed reviews--Ram, Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway--all had enough gold in them to satisfy, nevertheless. By contrast, London Town--as well as Back to the Egg--very nearly miss completely.
Fortunately, Tug of War was four years off. But then, another drought until Flowers in the Dirt, and so on...